Sydney’s motorists are faced with the possibility of paying double tolls to drive from western parts of Sydney to Sydney Airport.
The news that motorists may face two tolls comes as reports circulated on Monday that construction company Lendlease has submitted an unsolicited proposal to build a toll motorway link from the WestConnex toll road to the airport and port.
Dubbed the Sydney gateway, it would extend from a major interchange for WestConnex at St Peters in the inner west to Mascot.
The government says that the gateway is not part of the distance-based tolling regime for WestConnex, which is capped at $8.60 in terms of today’s dollars. If separate charges are introduced then motorists would be paying well above the cap if driving from parts of western Sydney.
The NSW government is facing heat to reveal what tolls would apply for the gateway considering it has said it is now not part of the WestConnex project.
Earlier this month, leaked NSW government documents suggested that the cost of a major WestConnex extension could blow out by as much as $1.8 billion from an estimated cost of $800 million. When first proposed by Infrastructure NSW, WestConnex was estimated as a $10 billion project.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said that the gateway to the airport never was part of the WestConnex project and disputed cost blowout claims as the “final business case hasn’t happened yet”.
A member of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said another toll could cost customers around $30 to $40 daily in tolls.
The WestConnex project is delivered by Sydney Motorway Corporation.